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“If one is lost on the water, any hill is Ararat.”

—Marilynne Robinson


This First Contact story (from OMNI) Is all over the internet for free, and I’m honored. What writer doesn’t like to be liked? But this little Kindle book is only 3 bucks, and includes 5 other all-dialogue shorts (a sort of specialty of mine). So improve your life and mine. What writer doesn’t like to meet Royalties? Available on Amazon.

Cover by Lisa Roth Grafix.


My overlooked 2013 family saga ANY DAY NOW is not exactly science fiction and not exactly not. It’s an alternate history of 1968. John Crowley was kind enough to say, “If you were there then, this is where you were.” Jonathan Lethem was even kinder: “A personal masterpiece, a book which will drop you through the floor of your assumptions about coming of age inside the politics and counterculture of the Vietnam era and into a fresh new-old world, in which you’ll live, for the duration of this book, as your own.” And the ever-generous Michael Chabon added: “An unsettling, funny, freaky reimagining of America, impeccably written, by one of our most consistently interesting transgressors of literary boundaries.”

Nominated for the John W. Campbell Memorial Award for best science fiction novel of the year. (Didn’t win, but got second place.) Out of print but try Amazon. Good luck.

My most recent collection of short stories TVA BABY is from PM Press. It includes a little shop story, a starship story, a noir detective story, a time travel tale (with paradox), an un-mundane adventure, a retro romantic comedy (with cigarettes and lingerie), and a plundering of pirates.

My utopian novel FIRE ON THE MOUNTAIN (also PM) is about what might have been if abolitionist John Brown’s 1859 raid on Harper’s Ferry had succeeded. It has a generous (and perceptive) introduction
by Mumia Abu Jamal.

GREETINGS (stories) and NUMBERS DON’T LIE (Wilson Wu detective stories) are still available from Amazon, as well as the publisher, Tachyon. Tor Books still ships BEARS DISCOVER FIRE, my Hugo winner.


SFinSF, a (somewhat) regular monthly SF authors’ reading series at the American Bookbinders Museum in San Francisco.

Tachyon sponsors.
Rina Weisman produces. I host.
Charlie Jane Anders and
Annalee Newitz
Sunday, November 10, 6:30 pm 

366 Clementina Alley (off 5th Street, between Howard and Folsom).


I’m editing a cool series for PM, which looks almost like a science fiction Who’s Who or Hall of Fame, except that I included myself. Because I could.



Good as new! Now E-vailable on Kindle, Nook, Apple, Kobo, etc.

Three novellas: Planet of Mystery about the first landing on Venus; Almost Home a YA adventure for adults; and Dear Abbey, an eco-trip to the End of Time in the spirit of Edward Abbey.

Talking Man is filled with practical tips for all those planning an auto trip to the North Pole. The space whaling saga Pirates of the Universe is about a Disney-Windows employee trying to hold onto his perks. The Pick-Up Artist is about a guy who makes room for new art by destroying the old. In Voyage to the Red Planet, the first trip to Mars is produced by Hollywood. All with new covers by Lisa Roth of Lisa Roth Grafix.


“Necronauts,” my first Playboy story, was sold to Blumhouse Productions by Trident Media. It’s about what happens after you kill yourself.

A short film based on my story “Bears Discover Fire” produced and directed by Scott Riehs and Ben Leonberg, won Best Student Film at the Philadelphia Independent Film Festival. They have also optioned “Bears” for a feature film. Meanwhile, “The Hole in the Hole” has been optioned by filmmaker David Capurso of Brooklyn.

Still trying to find a U.S. publisher for my cherished childhood classic BILLY’S BOOKTrue Crime for Kids.


Working with three activist/writer/teachers—Marcy Rein, Vicki Legion, Mickey Ellinger—to finish FREE CITY, their history of the five-year struggle to save beloved, beleaguered San Francisco Community College from the forces of “educational reform.”

Also working with Nancy Kurshan on LEVITATING THE PENTAGON and Other Uplifting Events about her adventures as a Weather/Yippie in the Sixties and after.


My day job is writing THIS MONTH IN HISTORY, for Locus magazine. It’s the longest-running trade magazine fiction feature in the Universe.